Team set up to ensure return of families that fled Mirchpur
New Delhi, July 24
The Supreme Court today directed the Haryana’s Claims Commissioner to pass an order within four weeks on the Railways’ claim for a compensation of about Rs 34 crore for the loss suffered during a ‘rail roko’ stir at Jind for 11 days from January 15-26 in the year 2011.
A Bench comprising Justices GS Singhvi and Gopala Gowda asked the Railways to submit its claim within four weeks and the Claims Commissioner, retired District and Sessions Judge RC Bansal, to consider it and pass an order within four weeks thereafter.
The Bench passed the order after hearing arguments on a PIL filed by some victims of the anti-Dalit violence that took place at Mirchpur village in Hisar district on April 21, 2010.
Senior counsel Colin Gonsalves, who appeared for the petitioners, contended that the ‘rail roko’ agitation had been launched to demand the release of about 100 accused persons who had been prosecuted for the violence. This was disputed by Additional Advocate General (AAG) Manjit Singh Dalal, who said it was part of a larger agitation by the Jat community in Haryana and Uttar Pradesh seeking job quota.
According to the Railways, it suffered a loss of Rs 33.95 crore due to the agitation in Haryana. Of this, Rs 32 crore was accounted for by freight earning and about Rs 1.83 crore by passenger earning. The haulage loss was assessed at Rs 5.15 lakh and the damage to railway property at Rs 7.23 lakh.